Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Windows Central
Windows Central
Jennifer Young

Wake up Chooms — Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition launches December 5, but why are PlayStation fans mad?

Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition.

What you need to know

  • Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition is a new version of the game that includes all updates, patches and DLCs released so far, including the critically acclaimed Phantom Liberty.
  • The Ultimate Edition will launch physically and digitally on December 5, 2023 for Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles and Windows PC. The physical edition for PlayStation appears to only have a download code for the expansion rather than a physical disc.
  • The price of the Ultimate Edition is $59.99 / £49.99 / €59.99 and you can pre-order right now from Target in the US.

Cyberpunk 2077's launch was a wild ride, no doubt about it, but ever since the Edgerunners DLC rolled in with a bag full of fixes, the trajectory has been nothing but upward. The latest addition to the Night City saga, Phantom Liberty, is soaking up acclaim and scoring nods in multiple Game of The Year categories.

Riding high on the renaissance, fans have eagerly been awaiting the announcement of the Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition, a culmination of all of the vast improvements made to the game in content drops, enhancements, and the Phantom Liberty expansion available in one package, and today CD Projekt Red announced that it's dropping on December 5, 2023. This will mark the first physical released of Cyberpunk 2077 for next-gen consoles.

While the majority are hyped up, ready to dive into the neon-soaked sprawl for the advertised price of $59.99, some PlayStation players are making their discontent heard. The bone of contention? The Phantom Liberty DLC in the physical edition of the Ultimate package is merely a download code, a stark contrast to the Xbox version, which gets everything on a silver disc.

Here's everything you need to know about what is included, digital and physical:

  • Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition will include the base game upgraded to version 2.0 and the Phantom Liberty Expansion.
  • The physical edition will come with a steel book case, a map of Night City, a soundtrack CD, and some stickers. For PlayStation users, it will include a digital voucher to purchase Phantom Liberty on the PS Store.
  • The digital edition will include a digital artbook, a digital comic, a digital wallpaper, and some avatars.

Why does the PlayStation physical version of Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate edition require a digital download?

(Image credit: Windows Central)

There's been a lot of chatter over on socials about the reasons for Xbox getting everything on a disc and PlayStation not receiving the same treatment, however, the developers have come out and confirmed it's purely due to technical differences between the platforms.

John Linneman, writer over at Digital Foundry and Eurogamer has also provided more context as to why there is a difference in how the DLC has been handled between each platform. Simply put Sony does not allow DLC on a disc such as this without building a new SKU for the product which causes extra time and work for the developers in resubmitting the game for approval. It appears at this stage that to get both editions out at the same time, CD Projekt Red has decided to offer the DLC as a download code instead specifically the physical version of the Ultimate Edition.

This has happened with other Ultimate Editions in the past such as The Witcher 3, and while not ideal for collectors of physical games it's understandable given the context and limited margins CD Projekt Red is no doubt working with when selling physical games.

Gear up for the Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition launching on December 6, priced at $59.99 / £49.99 / €59.99. It's bound to hit all the major gaming outlets, but right now is available to preorder at Target.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.